Ongoing Professional Development: Nafis’s Story
Nafis signed up for a mentor while applying for graduate jobs after university. He managed to secure his first role shortly after meeting his mentor, Charles Randell CBE, in autumn 2020, and will continue to receive mentoring due to the ongoin benefits for his personal and professional development.
I signed up for a mentor because I was at a point in my life where I had graduated and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Having a mentor who was a professional and had achieved a lot in their career could help me figure out what my strengths and weaknesses are, what I can build on, and what I should focus on in my career. I also thought they might help me stay motivated, help me with any job applications and interviews that came up, and just generally give me some career advice from an outside perspective.
One of the things I always look for is work that is meaningful and valuable. I want to know that even if I’m a small cog in the system, what I’m doing is helping people and contributing to society. [Something mentoring has provided me with] is definitely career and life guidance from someone who has been there and done that. It’s good to get advice from someone who isn’t family, especially when they have lived through so many interesting experiences and have such value to add.
I continued with my mentoring even after securing a new role as I had built a really good relationship with my mentor. I felt that keeping in touch and having sessions on career growth and progression would undoubtedly bring great value in the long term.